The role of hydrogen in the long journey to net zero has been punctuated by false starts – and despite the huge leaps in commitment for it as an alternative fuel vital to decarbonise transport, there remain hurdles to adoption of the technology.
The challenge at the moment is how to scale up an entire industry, incrementally, across many unconnected markets, such as marine, rail and road. While the spotlight often lands firmly on the development of brand-new modes of transport that can run on zero emissions hydrogen systems – and of course this is exciting – there is an equal focus on exploring the potential of conversions.
Building a case for hydrogen conversions
While bus manufacturers have led the way in putting hydrogen vehicles on the roads, there is currently less widespread availability of hydrogen-powered trucks, boats or trains from the big manufacturers, that can be purchased off the shelf. This means that in these early stages of hydrogen adoption, the first step for many is the conversion of existing vehicles.
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